Why We Should Talk About Suicide According to Dr. Melissa Shepard

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According to the Centers for Disease Control, over 1.3 million adults attempt suicide each year in the United States. For a tragedy of this magnitude, it is incredible that simply talking about it can make a big difference. There are so many reasons that people don’t want to talk about suicide. It can be a taboo…

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Tips for Fall Prevention

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As we age the risk and impact of falls increases significantly, especially if you or a loved one has a dementia or movement disorder diagnosis. In this video Sanjay Iyer, MD walks you through some of the ways you can create a safer environment in your home to decrease the risk of falls. Here are…

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Navigating Quarantine with a Loved One in a Long-Term Care Facility

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Chris Ryskiewich is a part-time nurse at Memory & Movement Charlotte who devotes much of her time outside the workplace to caring for her mother and mother-in-law, both of whom live in long-term care facilities. Chris shares her struggles, signs of hope and strategies during quarantine. Being unable to visit your loved one during this…

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Gentle Bed Exercises to Start Your Day

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A little bit of gentle movement in the morning (or at any point during the day!) can help you go through your days in the right mindset. Check out this gentle bed exercise tutorial by Marissa Brooks, a therapist who has practiced for over 27 years and specializes in fall prevention and aging in place.…

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Special Grocery Store Hours For Seniors During Quarantine

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When you run out of eggs and milk, check out these Charlotte-area stores that offer special hours for seniors and/or immuno-compromised individuals. Compare Foods – every day from 7-9am Dollar General – First hour of business, every day Food Lion – Mondays and Wednesdays from 7-8am Fresh Market – Monday-Friday from 8-9am Harris Teeter – Mondays and Thursdays from 6-8am…

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Coping with Health Anxiety

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With a pandemic sweeping the nation, it’s understandable that many people will experience some health anxiety. Here are some tips on how to recognize and cope with your own health anxiety. Health Anxiety: What is it? Anxiety about normal physical sensations, mild symptoms, or fear of having a certain disease. Can occur in people without…

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For the Sake of Argument… or Not!

Those of you who have attended our Caregiver Connections education classes have heard the advice, “Don’t argue.” Of course, this is easier said than done, as we all like to be right. When we hear someone say something that does not align with our beliefs or truths, the inclination is to correct that person. My…

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New, Old Traditions

December. The month carries with it a host of emotions. For some it brings to mind cozy family gatherings, stirring up nostalgia of past family holidays. But sometimes a feeling of sadness can sneak up on us this time of year. This can be magnified if you are a caregiver of someone with chronic illness,…

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